Pico do Arieiro - Pico Ruivo

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Pico do Arieiro - Pico Ruivo is a 10.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santana, Madeira Island, Portugal that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
10.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,228 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

This trail takes place in the immense and magnificent mountains of Madeira. Along the way you can enjoy the wonderful landscapes composed by the formidable rock formations, sometimes covered by the clouds and the villages that can be seen in the distance. Stop once in a while and feel the great feeling to be closer to the sky. Also in this journey you can visit the three highest peaks of Madeira: Pico do Areeiro, Pico das Torres and Pico Ruivo. This is a mountain trail so it requires some physical preparation and endurance for hikers, who are faced with many ups and downs. However, the effort required is offset by extraordinary views that the walk provides. Once at Pico Ruivo you can relax, have a snack or visit the shelter. Finally, be sure to go to the top of the peak and elate with the landscape and breathtaking views of the peaks and villages. In sunny days, you may have a 360 degree view of the island with its main points highlighted: Curral das Freiras, Porto Santo, Desertas, Ponta de São Lourenço and others.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike. The trail head is at the first peak (there is a tourist center with a huge white dome at the top, you can't miss it. Get there early for parking) and then you hike to the second peak (Pico Ruivo), so it's down and then up. It's an out and back so you do that twice. As we were driving up we passed through the clouds and then the hike remained above the clouds the entire time, so it was sunny and beautiful. The hike is mostly built, so there are defined paths and lots of stairs and most parts of it have a cable running along it, although in some places it is broken. Very steep drop offs on either side of the trail at many points, but the views are worth the heights. Wildflowers in May were incredible. There are some tunnels, the flashlights on our phones were enough to get through them though. It was about 7 miles in total with tons of stairs. Bring snacks and water (there is a place to refill your water bottle right before you get to the top of Pico Ruivo). Enjoy!

hiking
6 months ago

Incredible hike in the heart of Madeira island, with majestic views of its center valleys. Quite strenuous with very steep elevation gains and loses - burnt around 3000 cals total with return trip but very high reward.

Beginning has dizzying cliffs. sometimes surrounding both sides of the trail (absolutely do not do this trail if you are afraid of heights), then towards the middle (after Pico do Gato) it flattens out a bit (and the vegetation changes slightly), and finally there's a grueling ascent through occasional stairs and ladders towards the end. But it is well worth it!

Can be made in 3 hours although I would recommend something like 4 or 5 hours at least for breaks and pictures.

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